History in the Making – Second Time Around

March 15th, 2010

01_challengerFor the most part, our industry was founded right after World War II, when all those servicemen returned home looking for excitement and a new way to make a living. For many, hot rodding was the answer. Consequently, our sport is celebrating numerous anniversaries: 50 years of Honest Charley; 60 Years of Coker Tire; 50 years of Gale Banks Engineering; 50 years of the NHRA Winternationals and 50 years since Mickey Thompson went 400 mph in the Challenger.

01_challengerFor the most part, our industry was founded right after World War II, when all those servicemen returned home looking for excitement and a new way to make a living. For many, hot rodding was the answer. Consequently, our sport is celebrating numerous anniversaries: 50 years of Honest Charley; 60 Years of Coker Tire; 50 years of Gale Banks Engineering; 50 years of the NHRA Winternationals and 50 years since Mickey Thompson went 400 mph in the Challenger.

At the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, we have celebrated many of these milestones and we’re about to celebrate two more right after the Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS). The GNRS weekend of January 29-31 will be busy enough, but the weekend of the 50th Anniversary Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals presented by Valvoline, February 11-14, is going to see celebrations on the scale of Fourth of July. And entry to the museum is free all weekend.

 

Friday, Feb. 12:
Night of Champions. Hosted by Automobile Club of Southern California, Night of Champions will see an unprecedented number of past and present NHRA drivers here to meet and greet their fans.

 

Mickey Thompson: First American to 400. Presented by Gale Banks Engineering, this new exhibit featuring Mickey’s 406 mph run in 1960 will feature an exciting array of Mickey Thompson race cars, rare un-published photographs and personal memorabilia.

 

Saturday, Feb 13:
Racing Collectible Show: 12 noon until 10 p.m. in the museum’s Hall of Champions. Admission $5 (museum free), children under 12 free. For info call: 714.907.7991.

 

Legends Banquet: Benefitting the Parks Museum, this banquet is open to all and promises to feature appearances by “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, Bob Glidden, Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, Shirley Muldowney, Kenny Bernstein, John Force, Joe Amato, Don Schumacher and Larry Dixon Sr. Tickets are just $125 each for this once-in-a-lifetime chance to sit down with all these, and more, legends of drag racing.

To be a part of history in the making second time around visit the Parks Museum, Pomona, Calif. For further information about exhibits and events, visit our web site at http://museum.nhra.com (http://museum NULL.nhra NULL.com/) or, call 909.622.2133.

Greg Sharp Photo Collection.

Greg Sharp Collection.

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